The iconic Soviet Constructivists, Productivists and Social Realists are well known to many of us, but the majority of Soviet propaganda artists, writers and designers remain more or less in the shadows of history, if not entirely anonymous. Discover Hrachia Stepanyan and his art.
During the 1950s advertisements appeared on Italian movie screens. These examples appeared between the features and shorts and provide insight into what was selling back during Italy’s neo-realist era.
Fortune Magazine isn’t necessarily known to be the most graphically compelling publication. That is, unless you look back to the magazine’s first 15 years, starting in 1929. Find out who penned the illustration for its original prototype—a rare piece!
China is changing at such a rapid pace, the old socialist realism and patriotic romanticism of the ’50s through ’80s is receding from memory and practice. Occasionally, I find relics of that past, such as these examples.
Not all satire is created equal. Despite the familiar style of Karikatür’s illustrations, this 1930s Turkish satiric journal includes its share of right and left (centrist) humor attacking politicians at home and the evils abroad, as well as fostering false threats and racial enmity.
Scouring old design magazines (see my recent book 100 Classic Design Journals) can be an enlightening experience. Not only are the articles roots of graphic design history, but the advertisements, especially for ink-and-paper, provide insight into styles, manners and mores.
In September 1914, the New York Times published a “Mid-Week Pictorial War Extra” as a Wednesday photographic supplement. It continued after the end of World War I and became known simply as the Mid-Week Pictorial. These images are from a 1915 edition.
Syrian born Otba Mushaweh, who works in Saudi Arabia, is the founder of Type Stage, the first “Arabic” platform that grants website owners the ability to use professional and fast Arabic webfonts (Arabic, Urdu and Persian). Read the interview with Mushaweh.